High pressure continues to dominate the region today bringing not only more sunshine to the Stateline, but Spring-like conditions. With less of a breeze outside, it will feel much more comfortable out there Definitely a beautiful day to go outside to the park, maybe walk your dog, or to just relax!
As we take a live look at our Mercyhealth skycam in Rochelle, just a few passing high clouds, but abundant sunshine!
This dry stretch has definitely helped river levels recede over the past week. In fact, the Rock River in Rockton has just been downgraded to the minor category as of this morning. Latham Park still holding at moderate flood stage.
However, the Pecatonica has seen the most improvement as of recent with both Freeport and Shirland now below moderate flood levels! High pressure will keep us dry through Wednesday night!
We will see a change in the weather pattern as we head closer to the weekend. Rain chances increase starting with a few passing showers late Wednesday night and into the morning on Thursday.
The chances for rain will continue through the day ahead of a cold front that will pass through our region during the early parts of afternoon on Thursday. We could even see a few rumbles of thunder Thursday morning.
Now, the key factor as to who receives the heaviest amount of rain is the location of the frontal boundary when it stalls. Most models are in agreement that the frontal boundary will stall over central Illinois. Then it will lift slightly to the north as a warm front allowing an abundance of moisture to be pulled in from the south.
This will lead to a heightened potential for heavy rainfall through Friday night. Overall, it’s still looking like we still end up with an 1″ or 2″ here in the Stateline with higher amounts down towards the south. This could lead to a spike in river levels as well as some localized flooding in a few spots across the region.